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4.0 out of 5 stars Valuable if you have the time, 10 July 2011
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I. Craigie (Glasgow, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Major and Mrs. Holt's Concise Guide to the Western Front - South: The First Battle of the Marne, the Aisne 1914, Verdun, the Somme 1916 (Major & Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guides) (Paperback)
I have just completed a two week visit to the battlefield sites of northern France and southern Belgium. This particular Holts' guide is one of a pair covering the region that we used (and I understand there is a separate tome on the Somme itself), and has a tremendous amount of detail. The maps and illustrations are excellent, and the guide is very comprehensive, with a personal touch provided by the comments of Major and Mrs. Holt.

While very comprehensive, I must admit to finding this guide difficult at times to extract the appropriate information from. This is probably because I simply didn't have the time to spend reading it before setting off on our trip, but the problem comes from the difficulty in combining chronological and geographical history. The static nature of the conflict on the western front meant that events in time happened on the same sites, while the expanse over which the conflict took place saw offensives on a single date occur over a great distance. The reality is probably very difficult to reconcile, no matter how you divide a guide book, and the Holts' guide probably does it better than others, but I still found it difficult to draw the two competing factors into one clear, comprehensive understanding of the events of this most tragic episode. This limits the ease with which the guide may be "dipped into" for details on some sites and events.

Overall, these comments reflect the difficulties of the situation, and the Holts' guide is probably as good as could be imagined. However, I would strongly recommend some prior research and reading from the guides before embarking on a tour of sites, as I am sure familiarity would help in relating the guide's information to the events and locales described.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars western front south, 5 Aug 2011
This review is from: Major and Mrs. Holt's Concise Guide to the Western Front - South: The First Battle of the Marne, the Aisne 1914, Verdun, the Somme 1916 (Major & Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guides) (Paperback)
Bought together with western fron north.Excellent, used as research guide for battlefield tour I was 'guiding' on and is essential reading. Written in an easy style that will suit 'armchair' tourists, casual visitors and historians alike.

highly recommend reading before seeing the ground and again afterwards!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of relevant information, 19 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Major and Mrs. Holt's Concise Guide to the Western Front - South: The First Battle of the Marne, the Aisne 1914, Verdun, the Somme 1916 (Major & Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guides) (Paperback)
This book is an excellent guide to the Southern Battlefields of WW1, an invaluable book to take with you
when you visit. Gives route directions to each battle and time it will take to tour them
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5.0 out of 5 stars The visitor to Ww1 battlefields, cemeteries, memorials and sites of interest, 12 Jan 2013
This review is from: Major and Mrs. Holt's Concise Guide to the Western Front - South: The First Battle of the Marne, the Aisne 1914, Verdun, the Somme 1916 (Major & Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guides) (Paperback)
Very detailed information about this area of ww1. The book is an essential tool for both the historian and the traveller to battlefields of the Great War. A particular strength is the way itineries are set out with places of interest with mileage between as signage is not always clear or non-existent
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5.0 out of 5 stars Major & Mrs Holts Guide to Western Front - South, 26 July 2011
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Michael Geen "mikey062" (Surrey UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Major and Mrs. Holt's Concise Guide to the Western Front - South: The First Battle of the Marne, the Aisne 1914, Verdun, the Somme 1916 (Major & Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guides) (Paperback)
Bought 2 copies, one was for a friend's birthday. We are both going to Verdun shortly so looking forward to using another of the Holts books. As it looks so far, it is up to their usual high standard.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book review, 24 Jan 2010
This review is from: Major and Mrs. Holt's Concise Guide to the Western Front - South: The First Battle of the Marne, the Aisne 1914, Verdun, the Somme 1916 (Major & Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guides) (Paperback)
Excellent document from the gurus of the French battlefields. Concise and informative and useful for anyone thinking of visiting the battlefields.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Major and Mrs. Holt's Concise Guide to the Western Front, 29 July 2009
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This review is from: Major and Mrs. Holt's Concise Guide to the Western Front - South: The First Battle of the Marne, the Aisne 1914, Verdun, the Somme 1916 (Major & Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guides) (Paperback)
Great book with lots of helpful maps and pictures. Lots of intresting facts and well written comentry.
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